far apart. is the white house hopeful about a compromise? >> well, in the sense that everybody on evert, i think, is hopeful for a compromise at this point. and, yes, you p, it's kind of strange, and i know people get bewilledered, frustrated, angry at washington. all the procedure that goes on here. it's hard to scrutinize and hard to decipher what's happening. when i say the following, it's probably going to prove the point. the fact that john boehner passed something out of the house and it was killed immediately in the senate, that actually clears things up a little bit. it clears away a lot of the underbrush. alex, make no mistake. under the best case stair scenario, we are looking at going up against the deadline between tuesday and wednesday, and that's under the best case scenario. what's happening right now is late last night after they killed john boehner's plan after all of that struggle to get it through the house, you know, we had to throw a bone to the tea party conservatives, throw the balanced budget amendment back on there to get it out of the house. it was largely seen as a face-saving measure, or else boehner as speaker should have crashed and burned right there.